If you’re looking for a gift that will keep on giving this Christmas, global Christian humanitarian organization World Vision has something that will likely do just that and warm your heart in the process.
Just ask actress and producer, Melissa Joan Hart who earlier this summer got involved with the organization after searching for a charity that would help her do “the most amount of good.”
“I wanted to do the most amount of good I could possibly do and also in the process be able to teach my children about other parts of the world and the way people live and the problems that humanity faces,” Hart explained in an interview with The Christian Post Tuesday inside World Vision’s interactive pop-up shop in Bryant Park’s Winter Village in Midtown.
Inside the shop, ahead of it’s opening to the public were displays of goats, a donkey, chickens and tents housing various essential supplies to support personal hygiene.
There was also a display for a new initiative from World Vision that allows needy children from around the world to choose from a list of sponsors who will help them face some of life’s financial challenges.
In August, Hart, her husband and the eldest of her three sons, went on a five-day tour with World Vision to Zambia where she got a chance to see some of the life-changing work being pursued by the organization, and she was impressed.
“It turned out to be the most amazing trip …. I got to go out into the rural parts of the Southern province and the numerous villages and numerous people and see all the projects, programs that they have going on in that area. The complexity of it, what they do. I had no idea that their programs were so complex,” she said.
Hart learned that when World Vision sets out to build a well for a community in need for example, the organization doesn’t just create one in isolation, but sets criteria to ensure public health standards that will ensure sustainability.
“They won’t give a well to a village until they know that certain hygiene things are in place,” she said. “They put a well in and they teach people to be plumbers and they put a little money aside for repairs, for parts that might be needed. It’s so well thought out. They don’t just throw money at a problem. They actually train the people.”
Hart however says she was most impressed with how much the gift of a goat can impact individuals and communities.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair